Effective 22 May 2020, the Minister established the Board of Inquiry (under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999) about a serious accident that occurred at Grosvenor mine on 6 May 2020 and various high potential incidents involving longwall-related exceedances of methane that occurred in the Queensland coal mining industry between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020.
Counsel Assisting is a term used for barristers appointed by the Board to facilitate the Inquiry. Counsel Assisting gather information and assemble and present the evidence in the conduct of the inquiry.
The Board will obtain information through assistance from the community, interviews of people with knowledge of relevant facts, testimony at public hearings, documentary evidence and research.
Anyone with information that could assist the Board with its investigations is encouraged to submit that material, in writing, by 17 July 2020. Email the Executive Director at email@example.com or post it to Executive Director, Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry, GPO Box 1321 Brisbane 4001.
Witnesses will be asked by Counsel Assisting to provide evidence under oath or declaration. Parties with leave to appear will have the opportunity to cross examine witnesses.
Hearings will be open to the public unless the Board determines that a hearing is required to be held in private due to special circumstances.
Hearings will also be live streamed from the Board’s website.